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Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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Even though my children are grown, we still have family movie night on Christmas Eve. This Christmas, we’ll sip on this rich, easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate and revel in the spirit of the holidays while watching a traditional Christmas film.

Hot cocoa is perfect for winter family gatherings. It’s a fabulous way to warm up after an afternoon of sledding, skiing, caroling or while sitting around a roaring fire on a cold evening.

Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate in a white mug

Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate

My childhood memories of the holidays include hours on the nearby Arboretum’s sledding hill with my dad and three sisters. His job was to keep our excited, wound up little souls out of my mom’s hair as she prepared our Christmas feast. We loved returning home, rosy cheeked, and having a mug of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows to help warm us up.

Granted, it was milk heated on the stove top, then doctored up with Hershey’s syrup.  But we savored every drop. My easy peppermint hot chocolate  is a bit more indulgent, but just as memorable!Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate pans and garnishes

Cocoa and Movie Night

Hot chocolate is featured in numerous holiday movies from The Polar Express to The Santa Clause to The Holiday (a rom-com that my daughter and I love!). So grab your favorite family holiday flick, cook up some of this ultra-creamy peppermint hot cocoa, and reminisce  about the joys of seasons past. The true spirit of the holidays is to focus on those near and dear to you and this time spent together is priceless.

Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate in a mug topped with whipped cream and candy cane shards

Lagostina’s New Opera Cookware

I used my shiny, new, Italian-made Lagostina saucepan to simmer whole milk and cream with rich Dutch cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate. Each sip of this peppermint hot chocolate was like drinking warm, silky smooth melted chocolate ice cream. A dreamy indulgence!

Vanilla and peppermint extract added a boost of flavor, and a variety of toppings made for an interactive hot chocolate bar! Even the peppermint averse hubby drank a mug! Two mugs of Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate topped with whipped cream

Special Features of this Stunning Set:

  • Lagostina’s Opera Cookware is hand crafted in Italy.
  • A 10-piece set includes: 8″ and 10″ fry pans, 1 3/4-qt. and 2 1/2-qt. saucepans with lids, 3 1/2-qt. casserole with lid, 5 3/4-qt. stockpot with lid.
  •  They’re made of 18/10 stainless-steel exteriors for strength, beauty, and low maintenance with flared edges for drip-free pouring.
  • The pieces nest for compact storage construction with highly polished finish inside and out. 
  • They’re designed with elegant contours, heat-resistant side and lid handles, and gleaming stainless-steel exteriors for striking beauty in any kitchen.
  • I love the durable, high-quality construction—3-layer LagoFusion base consists of thick, encapsulated layer of aluminum for fast, even heat distribution; a high-heat process fuses both metals for a perfect bond between body and base, ensuring optimal heat diffusion throughout with no hot spots or scorching.35
  • They’re all oven and broiler safe up to 500 degrees F; safe for all stove tops, including induction; plus they’re dishwasher-safe.
  • This awesome 10-Piece Lagostina Cookware set is available at and would make a fabulous holiday gift for any of the cooks in your life! 
Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate | Rich, silky cocoa with a peppermint twist!
Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate | Rich, silky cocoa with a peppermint twist!

Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Rich, silky cocoa with a peppermint twist!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 6


  • 3 tablespoons Dutch processed cocoa powder (regular cocoa powder can be used, too)
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4-1 teaspoon peppermint extract (to taste)
  • Sweetened whipped cream, to serve
  • Crushed candy canes or peppermint candies, to serve
  • Shaved chocolate, to serve
  • Marshmallows, to serve



Simmer 3/4 cup water in a medium saucepan. Whisk in cocoa powder until smooth. Add milk and cream and return to a simmer. Continue cooking and whisk in chocolate and sugar until chocolate is melted and sugar dissolves.

Mix in vanilla and peppermint extract. Start with 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract, taste and add more to get the intensity you desire.

Use a ladle to pour hot chocolate into mugs or cups. Serve topped with sweetened whipped cream and garnish with crushed candy canes, marshmallows, and/or chocolate shavings if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 mug

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 57mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 3gSugar: 36gProtein: 6g


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49 comments on “Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate”

  1. I have two memories of hot chocolate… 1. G-Mom-B’s, which was milk and cocoa powder and 2. A little greasy spoon that I don’t even know how they made the drink but somehow it was topped with the thickest whipped cream I’ve ever seen:@) Yours sounds good with a splash of peppermint too-enjoy your movie Liz!

  2. The one with thickly piped cream looks heavenly!

  3. We love hot chocolate and purchase a pretty canister from Williams Sonoma every Christmas. These pans look great and I’m in need of new ones! Great giveaway!

  4. I love that pan set, it looks gorgeous and sturdy. Will they work on induction? Hot chocolate is something I have been thinking about a lot lately, and I usually don’t indulge in sweet, creamy drinks, but it’s been so chilly lately that a mug of this hot peppermint chocolate would truly hit the spot!

  5. I like that the cookware comes with a lid and has plenty of space!

  6. Oh family movie night on Christmas Eve sounds so nice! What movie is on the list this year?And nothing beats a hot chocolate made from scratch, as you said an indulgent one. Looks so delectable.

  7. Well well well Liz, it looks like our taste buds like the same things 😉 Although, I definitely already knewthis because I love all of you delicious looking recipes!!

  8. I can only imagine what it would be like to drink hot chocolate after being out in the snow sledding. I bet it would be comforting!! Although our Christmases are warm, I think plenty of people would still appreciate this delicious hot chocolate.

  9. This is exactly what Christmas tastes like to me. Cannot WAIT to try this recipe- the kids are going to love it!

  10. My favorite feature is the durable, high-quality construction

  11. That Lagostina Opera Stainless-Steel Casserole with Lid is beautiful! I love the shine! Also, I LOVE this hot chocolate!!!

  12. I love that it’s handcrafted (in Italy). It’s such good quality.

  13. What sweet Christmas memories, Liz! This sounds like rich and luscious cup of hot chocolate, and the peppermint candy makes it extra special. That’s a beautiful set of cookware!

  14. This looks so delicious, Liz! I am already putting my husband on “child fun” duties like your Dad for this year’s Christmas dinner. I will have to make sure I’ve got some hot chocolate ready for them too!!

  15. I don’t know which I love more, this luscious cocoa or the pan set ~ love Lagostina, the pans are so luxe 🙂

  16. I’m ready to make a fire and curl up with a mug of this delicious looking treat! My family thinks peppermint and chocolate are a match made in heaven so I know they’d love this!

  17. Yes, I grew up on warm milk and Hershey’s syrup too! This cocoa is way better than what I had asa kid, it is so rich and smooth!

  18. So much flavor and deliciousness in one sip. Seriously we have a foot of snow out there and after walking the dog in this frigid weather there is nothing better than a delicious mug of your peppermint hot cocoa. These pans are just stunning and could certainly use a new one as ours on our its last leg.. Wishing you a safe and happy holiday!

  19. I like the high quality of this cookware.

  20. Perfect hot chocolate!! I love the consistency and am bookmarking this recipe. I am a hot chocolate fiend, but I’m also quite discerning!

  21. First of all, I have “pot envy.” Since being from Colorado you might think I’m talking about the real deal, I am not. Your new Lagostina pots and pans are gorgeous. Perfect for your upcoming new kitchen. Remember when I posted and wrote abouyt the Little Nell’s “best in the world” hot chocolate which cost about $15 a cup? Yours looks better. Happy Holidays.

  22. what an awesome cup of goodness! Then on top of it a great givieaway!

  23. OMG the Lagostina pan set is LUXE!!

  24. Tis the season for chocolate and peppermint. So festive. GREG

  25. This hot chocolate sounds wonderful. I will have to make this for my granddaughter, she loves hot chocolate. It sounds like you have great memories when it comes to hot chocolate, so fun.

  26. I love peppermint hot chocolate and yours looks incredible. I love that your Dad took you kids out on Christmas Day. We have a park at the end of our street and my Dad would take us so we could toboggan down the hill. So much fun.

    Crushing on that casserole pot. I’d use it constantly if I had one. I love the shape of the handle on the lid. I’m all for handles being comfortable.

  27. So perfect for Christmas!

  28. I love that it’s hand crafted. I love the flared sides. Also that the handles are cool to the touch. It’s just a gorgeous set. Thank you for this opportunity.

  29. I love that it is dishwasher safe, over safe too.

  30. Aww love that you do family movie night! Holiday traditions are the best and this looks like a keeper.

  31. This cookware is so pretty and I love that it is broiler safe. I’ve lined up my movies that keep me company while baking and “The Holiday” is one of them, and I want to sip on this hot chocolate when I take a break.

  32. This is perfect for a super chilly day!

  33. I love that it is oven and broiler safe.

  34. Hot chocolate is one of those things that makes the cold weather totally worth it!

  35. My favorite feature is the flared edges for drip-free pouring. I always make a mess when I pour things out of my pans! Also, I’m so drinking hot cocoa as I type this. YUM!

  36. Its freezing here, I definitely need a warm up!

  37. My son would love these the most! 😀

  38. I like the flared edges!

  39. I love that it is oven and broiler safe so I can truly cook whatever I want.

  40. I like that I can use it in the oven, and it’s so pretty!

  41. I love that it’s shiny! Seriously though, I really like the flared edges for drip-free pouring.

  42. This hot chocolate is so perfect, Liz! Just what I need to enjoy by the fire 🙂

  43. my fave feature is the Lagostina’s Opera Cookware is hand crafted in Italy. i never had something so refined.

  44. Peppermint hot chocolate is one of my FAVORITE drinks! So entering the giveaway as well. xo

  45. I love that it is big enough to make soups!

  46. I love that it’s handcrafted in Italy!

  47. my favorite feature is the design look and that it is stainless steel. It is made to last. We go through cookware to much any more.

  48. I have plans for a delicious pot of homemade hot chocolate soon, so fun. And beautiful pans!!!

  49. ahhh this looks sooo delicious and festive!!

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